YES. Nice characters and a rather witty plot.
The interaction between the two heroes.
Well... he was superb when it comes to that... BUT that so called kiwi accent. I have seldom heard a worse one - it is frankly atrocious. It is plain broad Aussie and in being so probably offends every Kiwi and Aussie in equal measure ;) Because of this, I gave him three stars - one less than the rest of his performance deserves.
If anyone enjoyed the "Parasol Protectorate" series this reminds me very much of that series. Lots of action as well.
Lots of action and so many characters interacting with our hero and heroine.
Langton was perfect in his narration. He does each character voice so perfectly you always know who is speaking. Great emotions as well.
Great humor and much excitement.
This is a very good start of a new series. I hope the rest will be as good. There was one problem that I contacted Audible about. There are two chapters that repeat themselves. I hope they re-edit.
Thoroughly enjoyable listen! I couldn't turn it off.
A Victorian James Bond/Lara Croft type duo with character development that's just plain fun.
The story is great with enough detail to get the atmosphere of the period without dragging.
Possibly the best narration I've heard to date.
Yes! The story alone is wonderful, lots of fun, with good scene setting and amusing quips. If I had read a textual copy of this story, I would have enjoyed it. But listening to Langton tell the story makes the experience sublime. His voice is perfect for the combination of amusing melodrama and various flavors of Victorian characters. From the oh-so-proper British upper class Books to the rough-around-the-edges New Zealander Braun to the London street urchins, Langton really brings out the colorful characters of Phoenix Rising.
The narrator's voices & pacing.
My first one, but not my last. I've also listened to the sequel, The Janus Affair, and enjoyed it just as much.
Because this is the first book in the series, there are a few places where the exposition drags a bit, but it is sort of necessary to set the stage, given this universe is quite different from real life and also from "normal" sci-fi.
A good story line alittle slow at first but well written no once was enough but I do look forward to one more to see where everyone ends up
I like both the main characters equally
He was a pro and did a great job he nailed the moods of each character
The end at the grave yard for the fallen agent
A serious look into Queen Vics times, we don't realize just how far we have come toward
equality of all peoples
Taking the road less traveled
real page turner
attention to world building detail
this is the first but really enjoyed the performance
has all the goodness of action/adventure and the cherry on top....steampunk 8-)
I'm an avid reader but when driving or exercising, listening to a great book and a great performance makes time fly!
Fun steam punk.
Mr. Langton's performance of Wellington Books is spot on; he perfectly embodies Books.
Light and fun, this is a good brain-candy kind of book.
My first steampunk, but it more than met my expectations for the genre. Lightweight, of course, but consistently fun. Narration by James Langton was a wonder, as it skipped about the British Empire from Welsh to Australian to public school English. One critical reviewer is probably right in that Langton's Kiwi accent seems off, but the amazing melodramatic default-narrator voice more than makes up for it. In fact, its the narration that makes this book -- that and the snide references to 19th century British pop culture. I suspect I only "got" about half of those, but they do add to the fun. The plot? Uh ... why, yes, I suppose it does have a plot. But it doesn't really get in the way of the other stuff, and it does move along in a sprightly sort of way, with appropriate quantities of flash bang -- like the deadly battle of assassins fought out on stage, with prop weapons, during a performance of the finale of Verdi's Macbeth. Definitely worth the price of admission.
This was the first steampunk genre I have listened to or read, it has made me a fan leading me to download the second in this series before I had even finished the first. The characters are entertaining and well developed and the narration was perfect for the personalities of agents Books and Braun. My favorite part was the steampunk inventions, it was a great intro for a first timer into the steampunk genre,
Agents Books and Braun are together my favorite characters, their chemistry and odd couple bickering make the pair fun to listen to and drew me into the story even more.
Langton made the personality of the characters shine and helped make agent books that much more charming.
When I first started listening, I thought I wouldn't get through. The book begins with a high-action sequence that the narrator reads as slowly as a bunny book for two-year-olds. Fortunately, narrator, characters, and action improve. All triteness of plot becomes forgivable in the enjoyment of the slowly building partnership between the two main characters. Their quips, characters and interactions begin working together like an efficient steampunk machine--or better, since this machine doesn't fall apart.